DEADLINE TO ENTER IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014!!!
The seventh annual Grafton Blues Challenge (GBC) will be held at Circle B in Cedarburg, WI on Saturday March 22, 2014.
This is the official entry form for bands that wish to participate for a chance to travel to Memphis in winter of 2015 to represent the Grafton Blues Association (GBA) at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) hosted by the Blues Foundation.
A full application includes this form, a $25 non-refundable application fee, an EPK (or mailed CD) and an act photo. No application is considered complete until these items are given to the Grafton Blues Association. Only WORKING BLUES ACTS will be considered. this means you promote yourself as a blues act, not an act that plays some blues. A minimum of 2 members must be Wisconsin residents (or 1 if solo/duo). If selected, all performing members of your band, as detailed below, must be present to perform at the GBC. If you are chosen as the GBC winner, the same performing members of your band, must also be present to perform at the IBC in Memphis. The GBA is not responsible for any costs, but will help with fundraising as it can.
All expenses are the acts responsibility.
Winners are entitled to represent the Grafton Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in 2015. A maximum of 12 acts (8 bands and 4 solo/duo acts) will be selected to participate in the GBC by the Grafton Blues Association. The (up to) 12 performing acts at the GBC will be rated by a panel of judges, with the winners selected to represent the GBA at the IBC in 2015. A brief meeting will be held in late February 2014 (date TBA) in the Grafton area to select the order of the acts (solo/duo first)and answer any questions. In the event more than 12 acts register, the GBA reserves the right to change the format including hosting solo/duo – band competitions at a separate times/dates.
The Grafton Blues Association rule is no band may win two consecutive years, when you win the GBC, you can not compete the following year. This is different from the Blues foundation rule of 3 consecutive years.
NOTE: IBC rules will be followed as closely as possible for this challenge and can be found by visiting http://www.blues.org/ibc